Everythingâ€™s bigger in America, weâ€™ve got the biggest cars, the biggest houses, the biggest companies, the biggest food and finally the biggest people. America have now become the fattest nation in the world! Congratulations! Nearly one hundred million Americans are today, either overweight, or obese. thatâ€™s more that sixty percent of all US adults. Since nineteen eighty (1980), the total number of overweight and obese Americans has doubled, with twice as many overweight children and three times as many overweight adolescents. The fattest state in America? Mississippi, where one in four people are obese. I grew up in West Virginia, clearly the third fattest state in America. When I was growing up, my mother cook dinner every single day, almost all my memories of her are in the kitchen and we never ate out. only on those few rare special occasions
Today, families do it all the time and theyâ€™re paying for it, not only with their wallets, but with their waste lines. Obesity is now second only to smoking as the major cause of preventable death in America with more than four hundred thousand death per year associated with related illnesses. In 2002 a few Americans got fed up with being overweight and did what we do best : they sued the bastards, taking aim with the fast food companies and blaming them for the obesity and illnesses. A lawsuit was filed in New York on behalf of two teenage girls.
One who was 14 years old, 4 feet 10, and 170 pounds. The other, 19 years old, 5 foot 6, and 270 pounds. The unthinkable had suddenly become reality: people were sueing the golden arches for selling them food then most of us know it isnâ€™t good for you to begin with.
Yet each days 1 in 4 Americans visit a fast food restaurant. And this hunger for fast food isn't just in America. Itâ€™s happening on a global basis. Mcdonald's alone operates more than 45,000 joints in 100 countries on 6 continents, and feeds more than 46 million people worldwide every day. Thatâ€™s more that the entire population of Spain!
In the United States alone, Mcdonaldâ€™s accounts for 43% of the total fast food markets. There are everywhere : walmarts, airports, rest stop, gas station, train station, shopping malls department store, amusement parks, even in hospitals, thatâ€™s right, hospitals. At least, youâ€™re close when the coronary kicks in.
Lawyers from mcdonald's called the suit frivolous. Stating that the danger of this food are universally known, and that these kids canâ€™t show that their weight problems and health woes were caused solely by Mc diets. The judge states however, that if lawyers for the teens can show that mcdonald's intends for people to eat his food for every meal of every day, and doing so would be unreasonably dangerous, they may be able to state a claim.
Are the food companies solely to blame for this epidemic? Where does personal responsibility stop? And corporate responsibility begin ? Is fast food really that bad for you?
I mean what would happen if I ate nothing but mcdonald's for 30 days straight? Would I certainly be on the fast track to becoming an obese American. Would it be unreasonably dangerous?
Letâ€™s find out. Iâ€™m ready
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